Despite the numerous sightings of dark browns and neutrals some designers have really sought to infuse their forthcoming collections with bright colours. Perhaps most indicative of this is the human version of the Great Barrier Reef, Dior’s Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection. It is full of beautiful bold colours, gorgeous fabrics and amazing layered shapes.
On the other hand, Louis Vuitton after a season of kookiness bows its head towards the sophisticated look of 1950s black and white movies with long calf-length, full skirts, old fashioned bows and block heel shoes. Gucci, Prada, Alexander Wang, and a great many other designers have maintained the sombre colour palette, but designer Jean Paul Gaultier has given fashion lovers more fun and flair than mere chunky knits with his numerous cultural influences from China, Mexico, Tibet and Russia, to name a few.
That said, high fashion aside we felt it time to salute those high street stores that keep the fashion conscious sane with their catwalk inspired clothes. Topshop’s Autumn/Winter collection seems to be most informed by the runway of late, with furs, leather and tweed galore to follow the never ending variety that’s been impressively tantalising all summer long. The grown-ups’ sweet shop, the Topshop once known in some circles as the store with same-same fashion throughout, is now so full of funky pieces that once needs self control to not exit with half the store and half the bank balance.
Miss Selfridge too seems to have pulled it out of the (shopping) bag lately with many feminine colours and fabrics adorning their stores over the summer season. Forward a few weeks and we should see many runway influences with suede, faux fur, leather, lace, flannel, silk and wool. In particular, we’re looking forward to the infusion of 1950s glamour in their Autumn/Winter collection.
Let LoveScene know which high street shops are your favourite and why… .